UPDATED: Park City event organizer wins City Council ballot spot, jumping another candidate
Park City Council candidate Daniel Lewis jumped from seventh place to sixth place in the final count of the City Council primary election ballots, advancing him, instead of Chadwick Fairbanks III, to the general election in November.
Lewis, an event organizer who lives in Old Town, trailed Fairbanks by two votes after the count on the night of the Aug. 13 primary. The total that night, though, did not include approximately 220 ballots that had not been qualified as valid or counted at the time.
City Hall on Tuesday released the totals showing Lewis eked out the sixth spot by two votes. The top six finishers advanced to Election Day in November. Lewis received 193 votes to the 191 for Fairbanks, a four-vote swing from the count on the night of the primary.
The order of the other candidates did not change. The final tally:
1. incumbent City Councilor Nann Worel, 1,090 votes
2. incumbent City Councilor Becca Gerber, 1,047 votes
3. Max Doilney, 620 votes
4. Ed Parigian, 460 votes
5. Deanna Rhodes, 420 votes
6. Lewis, 193 votes
7. Fairbanks, 191 votes
The City Council, acting as the Board of Canvassers, certified the results at a meeting on Tuesday evening.
The two-vote margin between Lewis and Fairbanks is within the range that allows a candidate to request a recount. Fairbanks following the canvass said he planned to decide on Wednesday whether to request a recount.
A candidate must request a recount within three days, with the possibility of the recount occurring by the end of the week if one is conducted.
Fairbanks said he plans to investigate what he described as “three small anomalies” in the results. One of Fairbanks’ contentions is based on what he claims are 27 extra ballots that were counted between the day after the primary and the canvass. Another point he raised touched on what he said was an unexpected number of combined votes he and Lewis picked up when the additional ballots were tallied. He also expressed concern that Lewis’ percentage of the overall vote changed little between the primary count and the canvass.
Fairbanks previously said he would initiate a recount should Lewis claim the sixth spot on the ballot and the Lewis final vote total increases by what Fairbanks considers to be a “lopsided number.”
Turnout was 28.8 percent, the final numbers showed.
The final numbers were tallied just days before the campaign enters a crucial stretch. City Hall political contests typically start in earnest after Labor Day, with some candidates usually marching in the Miners Day parade.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include comments from Fairbanks.
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